What is EDI?

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the electronic transfer of structured data between two computer networks, allowing companies to electronically exchange business documents such as a Purchase Order (PO), Purchase Order Acknowledgement (POA), Purchase Order Change (POC), Advance Shipping Notice (ASN), Invoice and Inventory Inquiry.

Do I have to be EDI compliant?

Yes – if Indigo and your organization have agreed to establish a commercial relationship (see FAQ for Book Vendors or FAQ for General Merchandise Vendors). It is Indigo’s expectation that a vendor will be EDI compliant with Indigo. The onus is on the vendor to promptly take the appropriate steps to enable this capability.

What happens if my organization does not become EDI compliant?

EDI processes deliver significant productivity and cost benefits to both vendors and Indigo. These processes do not require complicated technical systems. If you have access to the Internet, you can transact via EDI (via a Web EDI solution). If your organization chooses to not become EDI compliant, Indigo may apply cost recovery charges to address the loss in productivity. Please see our Indigo Vendor Manuals for more detail.

I am EDI capable, but currently not trading EDI documents with Indigo, what do I do?

If you are currently EDI capable, we require your solution to be certified by InterTrade as capable of trading documents with Indigo Books & Music.

To initiate certification, please login as a generic user at the link below, as follows:

General Merchandise Vendors: Go to “Indigo Books & Music Inc. - General Merchandising” (for GM EDI specs)

Book Vendors: Go to “Indigo Books & Music Inc. – Trade Books” (for Trade and VMI EDI specs)

I am currently not EDI capable, what do I do?

If you are currently not EDI capable, you can consider using InterTrade’s offered EDI solutions. Alternatively, you can source your own solution separate from InterTrade, in which case, this solution will need to be certified by InterTrade.

To initiate EDI enablement or certification, please follow the instructions above.